Updates from Sunday, March 2
Manchester City confirm Sergio Aguero will play against Sunderland:
TEAM TO FACE SUNDERLAND: Pantilimon, Zabaleta, Kompany (C), Demichelis, Kolarov, Nasri, Toure, Fernandinho, Silva, Aguero, Dzeko. #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) March 2, 2014
Updates from Saturday, March 1
Aguero tweeted that he'll be taking part in the Capital One Cup final:
Traveling to London - so excited! Back on duty after my injury and eager to fight for another title!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) March 1, 2014
Updates from Friday, Feb. 28
Sergio Aguero appears to have won his battle to be fit for the Capital One Cup final between Manchester City and Sunderland.
City's Twitter feed noted Manuel Pellegrini saying that the only decision will concern whether he starts, or takes a seat on the bench:
PELLEGRINI: We must see if Aguero is 100% fit to play the whole match. It is something I must decide tomorrow.— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 28, 2014
ESPN FC's Richard Jolly provides Pellegrini's full quotes:
It is something I must decide from seeing the way he recovers from the work this week, whether he is 100 percent fit after his injury to play the whole match. It is very important for the team to have Sergio again with us because he is a very important player.
Aguero is determined to play some part in the final, according to the Daily Star's Jeremy Cross:
He has been given until tomorrow to prove his fitness and Starsport understands the Argentine star is making good progress.
Aguero has told friends he is desperate to face Sunderland and help Manuel Pellegrini’s men try to lift their first major trophy of the season.
Updates from Friday, Feb. 21
Sergio Aguero is on course to be fit for Manchester City's Capital One Cup final against Sunderland, revealing he will return to first-team training in a week's time:
Feeling very good about my last week of recovery work. If I keep it up next week I'll train with the team!— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) February 20, 2014
Boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed Aguero's progress on Friday afternoon:
PELLEGRINI: “Sergio is working, not 100% normally, but I think that next week, on Tuesday, he will start working with the full squad." #mcfc— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) February 21, 2014
Updates from Monday, Feb. 17
Oliver Kay of The Times provides a statement from Manuel Pellegrini discussing Sergio Aguero's injury status:
Pellegrini on Aguero, who is out of tomorrow's game: "We'll see if he can be fit for Saturday, but maybe it's difficult"— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) February 17, 2014
Updates from Friday, Feb. 14
Sergio Aguero remains a doubt for Manchester City's Champions League tie with Barcelona.
The Mirror's David McDonnell provides the update from Manuel Pellegrini:
Updates from Tuesday, Feb. 11
Manchester City and Stuart Brennan of Manchester Evening News provide a synopsis of Manuel Pellegrini discussing Sergio Aguero's injury status:
Fernandinho and Aguero "will be one week more" says Pellegrini, and he doesn't think they will be fit for Barca— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) February 11, 2014
Updates from Friday, Jan. 31
Sergio Aguero will miss the next month of the season, meaning he will be out for the first leg of Manchester City's Champions League tie with Barcelona.
James Ducker of the Times reported from Manuel Pellegrini's press conference:
Pellegrini has just ruled out Sergio Aguero for around a month - means he misses two games v #cfc & Barca 1st leg and poss Lge Cup final— James Ducker (@DuckerTheTimes) January 31, 2014
Manchester City were dealt a potentially crucial blow on Wednesday, Jan. 29, as Sergio Aguero, one of the most prolific goalscorers in the world, was forced from the pitch against Tottenham with a hamstring injury.
The club and the Daily Telegraph's Henry Winter provide the concerning details:
43. Aguero is down and receiving treatment. Doesn't look good. The City striker just pulled up mid-sprint. Jovetic about to replace him— Manchester City FC (@MCFC) January 29, 2014
Aguero down feeling right hamstring, Jovetic on #mcfc— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 29, 2014
According to Fox Soccer Trax, he'll be evaluated tomorrow:
UPDATE: Kun Aguero has a suspected injured hamstring, the severity of which is unknown. He will be evaluated tomorrow.— FOX Soccer Trax (@FOXSoccerTrax) January 29, 2014
Aguero discussed his injury on Twitter:
I felt some pain in my right hamstring and left just as a precaution. My studies will tell me the degree of the injury— Sergio Aguero (@aguerosergiokun) January 30, 2014
You'd be hard-pressed to find a player more important to a club's success than Aguero, whose goal in the 15th minute gave City a 1-0 lead at White Hart Lane on Wednesday.
Second behind only Luis Suarez for goals scored in Premier League play, the 25-year-old Argentine has now found the back of the net 15 times in 17 appearances. He also has five assists and, according to WhoScored.com, an average match rating of 7.75, which is third best in England.
Moreover, he has been white-hot as of late. You'd have to go back to Dec. 1 to find a match—across all competition—in which he hasn't scored.
Before Wednesday's match, Manuel Pellegrini talked about Aguero's importance, via FIFA.com:
Sergio's a top player, very important for us. The first idea was for him not to play 90 minutes because he has been playing 30, 45, 60 and the idea was for him to play 60 or 70. But he had to play the whole match. He made the difference.
With City capturing the top of the EPL table, and with fixtures against Chelsea (Feb. 3) and Barcelona (Feb. 18) on the horizon, they will need Aguero healthy.
For as long as City's star stays sidelined, Steven Jovetic, who returned from injury and scored his first goal of the season on Wednesday, will get a boost in minutes next to Edin Dzeko and Alvaro Negredo.